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“Fascinating hot water”

Douglas Hot Springs
Ranked #37 of 121 things to do in Darwin
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Darwin, Australia
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220 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Fascinating hot water”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This is a real traveller's oasis. It is a small miracle how the warm water comes out of the spring. You can bask and find the exact right temperature, as the water from two creeks join. Popular with tourists and locals alike. A fair distance from Darwin. Good camping site nearby. Allow plenty of time to enjoy your swim. Safe from crocodiles.

Visited August 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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61 reviews
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“A great place to paddle, far from the crowds”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Tjuwaliyn, or Douglas Hot Springs, is a long day out from Darwin, approximately 2 and a half hours south on sealed road except for the last 7 km which is a graded gravel road. The official site states that 2 wheel drive cars are ok except for those with low ground clearance. There is a small ford (sorry; I'm English ... creek to Australians) to cross which should be Ok. I got across it in a Nissan Pulsar but if you have the chance to get something more reliable, higher wheelbase, powerful etc then do so.
Tjuwaliyn is a great setting. No mobile phone signal, no power, no television. There are separate male and female toilet blocks, tap water, Fire places and low height picnic tables. I didn't see showers. I suspect that there are none. Camping eh? Don't use soap and shampoo in the springs...there are signs asking you not to.
Camping fees seemed to be on an honesty system. I wasn't staying so I didn't look too closely at this.
The springs are particularly hot in places. Be warned if you have children. The main camp area sits above the river. There is a warm stream and a cold stream. you should find a place where the temperature is "goldilocks" I.e. Just right. The river sand is mostly gravel and I found it quite sharp. Wear footwear unless you are used to it. The river wasn't particularly deep but it was flowing well in places. I did hear someone say that the river was low. Season variations I guess.
The springs are a long way from a shop so be prepared and take your rubbish with you when you leave. I thoroughly recommend a visit if you can spare a day. It's not swimming, it's paddling for young and old.
Check the official site http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/?a=1225 for access and information.
Getting there... Keep on the Stuart Highway until the last turn off before Hayes Creek. I went back along the "scenic route" to Darwin. I didn't think it was particularly scenic and in places I didn't think it particularly caravan friendly.

Visited July 2014
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Papunya
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“Interesting”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We got there and found the hot springs were very hot and the cold water was warm and when you got in the mixture of both it was fantastic like a hot spa. We saw some small fish come down the river and took the hot side and died very quickly but fish going down the colder side were fine. Be careful not to go in the hot water as ot is very hot

Visited June 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“Nice and secluded”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

I really really really like this place! Great to camp there for the weekend and it is away from all of the tourists. Very natural which is nice. Clear water and nice scenery. Toilets/amenities and camp sites are there as well. Will definitely go there again

Visited October 2013
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Darwin, Australia
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“Hot water, sand and great facilities- perfect for families!”
Reviewed 28 August 2013

Loved the fact that there was sand for my one year old to play in- this is perfect for families with young kids because they can play all day and tire themselves out in the water and there aren't any big cliffs like some other water holes so you don't have to watch them the whole time. The camping facilities are also great. its a bit dry and dusty at this time of year and very hot up at the camp ground but you could spend all day by the springs (which is literally down the stairs from the campground) where there is shade and just go up top to sleep and eat. there are toilets and showers and fire pits and wooden benches at each camp site and those annoying people with generators are pointed to one side of the campground so hopefully you don't have to sleep right near one! :-)

Visited August 2013
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